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Dodgers 10, Rockies 6: Rox lose home opener to division rival

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It was not the greatest home opener

The first game at Coors Field in 2019 was a bit of a clunker. The Rockies fell to the Dodgers 10-6, and it didn’t even feel that close. Tyler Anderson didn’t have a good start, and a lot of the offensive woes seemed to have traveled from Florida to Colorado along with the team.

Two starters, two tales

It wasn’t Tyler Anderson’s day, as he pitched 4+ innings and gave up six runs on nine hits. The one that hurt — the one that Bud Black called the “backbreaker” — was a Cody Bellinger three-run home run in the fifth inning. Anderson faced one more batter, who singled, before being removed.

That makes two weak starts for Anderson in 2019. It’s way, way too early to draw too many conclusions about Anderson, but it doesn’t allay my worry that the bottom of the rotation could end being a serious liability for the Rockies, at least given the current personnel. Still, he was facing a really tough Dodgers lineup, and they took advantage of every mistake he made. It was a combination of a not great start against a great lineup.

On the other hand, Kenta Maeda didn’t really pitch that well. He gave up four hits and walked four batters in his five innings of work, and twice he had to work out of bases loaded situations. And yet, he gave up just one run. Part of that might have to do with the fact that the Rockies offense is really struggling right now. It was a combination of a not great pitching performance fortunate enough to face a struggling offense.

An offensive spark

Coming home at leas poked the Rockies slumbering offense, although it’s far from awak. They failed to take advantage of a couple of bases loaded opportunities against Maeda, which they found themselves in mostly due to walks and bloop hits. They pressed at the plate and swung at some bad pitches.

But Trevor Story hit two home runs, and it was also nice to see David Dahl smack his first home run of the season in the ninth, even though the game was well over by that point.

Up next

Game two of the three game series against the Dodgers continues tomorrow at 6:10 MT. It’s a nice pitching matchup, with Jon Gray going against Walker Buehler.